What are Taylor Made Golf Clubs?
In 1998 biggest names in the manufacturing of sports equipment merged. TaylorMade, Salomon and Adidas have long been known as leaders in sporting innovation.
Adidas produces sports shoes and sports clothing, and has sales that are over six billion dollars a year. It is best known for football although they also provide high performance footwear for golf amongst many other sport. Saloman meanwhile is best known for its contribution to the world of snowboarding and skiing. You will not find another company that produces so many boards, boots and bindings in the world, in addition to being a market leader in outdoor footwear. TaylorMade? Well, they do golf clubs. Well.
In one week in April 2004, someone decided to count the number of TaylorMade drivers that were being used on the PGA, European, Nationwide, Champions and Japan Golf Tours. 229 golfers used them, which made them the No.1 most used driver in the world of men's professional golf.
That same week at the Houston Open, more pros used a TaylorMade driver than any other brand of driver, which meant that from 2001 to 2004 TaylorMade were the most used driver at 126 consecutive events.
At the same time, the leader of the PGA Tour in terms of driving distance was Hank Kuehne, who averaged 310.8 yards, and Fred Funk was the leader in terms of driving accuracy, with an average of 80.3% of fairways hit. Have a guess what brand of driver they were both using...got it?
At the April 2004 stage - about 3 months into the season, those players using TaylorMade drivers had recorded a total of 18 victories on the 5 men's tours, which was more than double what any TaylorMade competitor had managed.
These statistics are important. 1 or 2 two shots each week can make a difference of up to and maybe even more than 1 million pounds over a season, so the professionals are constantly looking for little things that can make a difference in their game. The fact that so many of them choose to hit TaylorMade drivers cannot be ignored.
Of course, TaylorMade also make fairway woods, irons, wedges and putters. If you are going looking for a driver, and end up choosing one from TaylorMade, then you could do a lot worse than to try out the full set of TaylorMade clubs, as they are more likely to be in balance with each other than if you mix and match sets of clubs. Having a driver from TaylorMade, fairway woods from Callaway, irons from Mizuno, wedges from Cleveland and a Scotty Cameron putter could be said to be a "best of breed" solution, but you might find a lack of consistency affecting your game.
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